Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics

Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics

By: Robert M. Hanson, Susan Green

Publication date: July 2008
ISBN: 9781891389498

Starting with just a few basic principles of probability and the distribution of energy, this book takes students (and faculty!) on an adventure into the inner workings of the molecular world like no other. 

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“I wish I had learned thermodynamics this way!” That’s what the authors hear all the time from instructors using Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics. Starting with just a few basic principles of probability and the distribution of energy, the book takes students (and faculty!) on an adventure into the inner workings of the molecular world like no other. Made to fit into a standard second-semester of a traditional first-year chemistry course, or as a supplement for more advanced learners, the book takes the reader from probability to Gibbs energy and beyond, following a logical step-by-step progression of ideas, each just a slight expansion of the previous.  Filled with examples ranging from casinos to lasers, from the “high energy bonds” of ATP to endangered coral reefs, Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics hits the mark for students and faculty alike who have an interest in understanding the world around them in molecular terms.

Pages: 318
Language: English
Publisher: University Science Books
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To the Instructor
To the Student: How to Study Thermodynamics 
CHAPTER 1 Probability, Distributions, and Equilibrium 
1.1 Chemical Change 
1.2 Chemical Equilibrium 
1.3 Probability Is “(Ways of getting x) / (Ways total)” 
1.4 AND Probability Multiplies 
1.5 OR Probability Adds 
1.6 AND and OR Probability Can Be Combined 
1.7 The Probability of “Not X” Is One Minus the Probability of “X” 
1.8 Probability Can Be Interpreted Two Ways 
1.9 Distributions
1.10 For Large Populations, We Approximate 
1.11 Relative Probability and Fluctuations 
1.12 Equilibrium and the Most Probable Distribution 
1.13 Equilibrium Constants Describe the Most Probable Distribution 
1.14 Le Chatelier’s Principle Is Based on Probability 
1.15 Determining Equilibrium Amounts and Constants Based on
1.16 Summary 
CHAPTER 2 The Distribution of Energy 
2.1 Real Chemical Reactions 
2.2 Temperature and Heat Energy 
2.3 The Quantized Nature of Energy 
2.4 Distributions of Energy Quanta in Small Systems 
2.5 Calculating W Using Combinations 
2.6 Why Equations 2.1 and 2.2 Work 
2.7 Determining the Probability of a Particular Distribution of Energy
2.8 The Most Probable Distribution Is the Boltzmann Distribution
2.9 The Effect of Temperature 
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2.10 The Effect of Energy Level Separation 
2.11 Why Is the Boltzmann Distribution the Most Probable? 
2.12 Determining the Population of the Lowest Level
2.13 Estimating the Fraction of Particles That Will React 
2.14 Estimating How Many Levels Are Populated 
2.15 Summary 
CHAPTER 3 Energy Levels in Real Chemical Systems 
3.1 Historical Perspective 
3.2 The Modern Viewpoint
3.3 Planck, Einstein, and de Broglie 
3.4 The “Wave” Can Be Thought of in Terms of Probability 
3.5 Electronic Energy 
3.6 Vibrational Energy
3.7 Rotational Energy
3.8 Translational Energy 
3.9 Putting It All Together
3.10 Chemical Reactions 
3.11 Chemical Equilibrium and Energy Levels
3.12 Color, Fluorescence, and Phosphorescence 
3.13 Lasers and Stimulated Emission 
3.14 Summary 
CHAPTER 4 Internal Energy (U) and the First Law
4.1 The Internal Energy (U) 
4.2 Internal Energy (U) Is a State Function 
4.3 Microscopic Heat (q) and Work (w) 
4.4 “Heating” vs. “Adding Heat” 
4.5 The First Law of Thermodynamics: U = q + w
4.6 Macroscopic Heat and Heat Capacity: q = CT 
4.7 Macroscopic Work: w = −P V 
4.8 In Chemical Reactions, Work Can Be Ignored 
4.9 Calorimeters Allow the Direct Determination of U
4.10 Don’t Forget the Surroundings! 
4.11 Engines: Converting Heat into Work 
4.12 Biological and Other Forms of Work
4.13 Summary 
CHAPTER 5 Bonding and Internal Energy 
5.1 The Chemical Bond
5.2 Hess’s Law 
5.3 The Reference Point for Changes in Internal Energy Is “Isolated Atoms” 
5.4 Two Corollaries of Hess’s Law 
5.5 Mean Bond Dissociation Energies and Internal Energy
5.6 Estimating rU for Chemical Reactions Using Bond Dissociation Energies 
5.7 Using Bond Dissociation Energies to Understand Chemical Reactions
5.8 The “High-Energy Phosphate Bond” and Other Anomalies 
5.9 Computational Chemistry and the Modern View of Bonding 
5.10 Beyond Covalent Bonding 
5.11 Summary 
CHAPTER 6 The Effect of Temperature on Equilibrium 
6.1 Chemical Reactions as Single Systems: Isomerizations 
6.2 The Temperature Effect on Isomerizations 
6.3 K vs. T for Evenly Spaced Systems 
6.4 Experimental Data Can Reveal Energy Level Information 
6.5 Application to Real Chemical Reactions 
6.6 The Solid/Liquid Problem 
6.7 Summary
CHAPTER 7 Entropy (S) and the Second Law 
7.1 Energy Does Not Rule 
7.2 The Definition of Entropy: S = k ln W 
7.3 Changes in Entropy: S = k ln(W2/W1) 
7.4 The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Suniverse > 0 
7.5 Heat and Entropy Changes in the Surroundings: Ssur = qsur/T 
7.6 Measuring Entropy Changes 
7.7 Standard Molar Entropy: S◦ 
7.8 Entropy Comparisons Are Informative 
7.9 The Effect of Ground State Electronic Degeneracy on Molar Entropy 
7.10 Determining the Standard Change in Entropy for a Chemical Reaction 
7.11 Another Way to Look at S 
7.12 Summary 
CHAPTER 8 The Effect of Pressure and Concentration
on Entropy 
8.1 Introduction 
8.2 Impossible? or Just Improbable? 
8.3 Ideal Gases and Ideal Solutions 
8.4 The Volume Effect on Entropy: S = nR ln(V2/V1) 
8.5 The Entropy of Mixing Is Just the Entropy of Expansion 
8.6 The Pressure Effect for Ideal Gases: S = −nR ln(P2/P1) 
8.7 Concentration Effect for Solutions: S = −nR ln([X]2/[X]1) 
8.8 Adjustment to the Standard State: Sx = S◦x − R ln Px and
Sx = S◦x − R ln[X] 
8.9 The Reaction Quotient: rS = rS◦ − R ln Q 
8.10 Solids and Liquids Do Not Appear in the Reaction Quotient
8.11 The Evaporation of Liquid Water 
8.12 A Microscopic Picture of Pressure Effects on Entropy 
8.13 Summary 
CHAPTER 9 Enthalpy (H) and the Surroundings 
9.1 Heat Is Not a State Function 
9.2 The Definition of Enthalpy: H = U + P V 
9.3 Standard Enthalpies of Formation, fH◦ 
9.4 Using Hess’s Law and fH◦ to Get rH◦ for a Reaction 
9.5 Enthalpy vs. Internal Energy 
9.6 High Temperature Breaks Bonds 
9.7 Summary 
CHAPTER 10 Gibbs Energy (G)
10.1 The Second Law Again, with a Twist 
10.2 The Definition of Gibbs Energy: G = H − T S 
10.3 Plotting G vs. T (G–T Graphs)
10.4 Comparing Two or More Substances Using G–T Graphs 
10.5 Equilibrium Is Where rG = 0 
10.6 The “Low Enthalpy/High Entropy Rule” 
10.7 A Quantitative Look at Melting Points: 0 = fusH − TmpfusS 
10.8 The Gibbs Energy of a Gas Depends upon Its Pressure 
10.9 Vapor Pressure, Barometric Pressure, and Boiling 
10.10 Summary 
CHAPTER 11 The Equilibrium Constant (K ) 
11.1 Introduction 
11.2 The Equilibrium Constant 
11.3 Determining the Values of rH◦ and rS◦ Experimentally 
11.4 The Effect of Temperature on Keq 
11.5 A Qualitative Picture of the Approach to Equilibrium
11.6 Le Chatelier’s Principle Revisited 
11.7 Determining Equilibrium Pressures and Concentrations 
11.8 Equilibration at Constant Pressure (optional) 
11.9 Standard Reaction Gibbs Energies, rG◦T 
11.10 The Potential for Change in Entropy of the Universe is R ln K/Q 
11.11 Beyond Ideality: “Activity” 
11.12 Summary 
CHAPTER 12 Applications of Gibbs Energy: Phase Changes
12.1 Review 
12.2 Evaporation and Boiling 
12.3 Sublimation and Vapor Deposition 
12.4 Triple Points 
12.5 Critical Points and Phase Diagrams
12.6 Solubility: 0 = rH◦ − T (rS◦ − R ln[X]sat) 
12.7 Impure Liquids: S = S◦ − R ln x 
12.8 Summary 
CHAPTER 13 Applications of Gibbs Energy: Electrochemistry 
13.1 Introduction 
13.2 Review: Gibbs Energy and Entropy 
13.3 Including Internal Energy and Electrical Work in the Big Picture 
13.4 Electrical Work Is Limited by the Gibbs Energy
13.5 The Gibbs Energy Change Can Be Positive 
13.6 The Electrical Connection: −G = Qelec × Ecell =I × t × Ecell 
13.7 The Chemical Connection: Qrxn = n × F 
13.8 Gibbs Energy and Cell Potential: rG = −nF Ecell 
13.9 Standard State for Cell Potential: E◦cell,T 
13.10 Using Standard Reduction Potentials to Predict Reactivity 
13.11 Equilibrium Constants from Cell Potentials: 0 = −nF E◦ cell,T + RT ln K 
13.12 Actual Cell Voltages and the Nernst Equation: −nF Ecell = −nF E◦ cell,T + RT ln Q 
13.13 Detailed Examples
13.14 Summary 
APPENDIX A Symbols and Constants 
APPENDIX B Mathematical Tricks 
APPENDIX C Table of Standard Reduction Potentials 
APPENDIX D Table of Standard Thermodynamic Data (25°C and 1 bar) 
APPENDIX E Thermodynamic Data for the Evaporation of Liquid Water 
Answers to Selected Exercises 

“Throughout, Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics is a friendly and appealing book. There are not many textbooks that are a pleasure to read, and this is one of them. I would encourage its consideration for course adoption, even if you have to make up a new course.”
-J. Chem. Ed.

“I am excited to see this material introduced in a first-year course. Statistics, as the driving force behind chemical equilibria and thermodynamics, is a profound concept that most students only get a taste of in physical chemistry. This book provides an excellent way to introduce these ideas at an early stage.”
-J. Matthew Hutchison, Swarthmore College

“Hanson and Green offer a very valuable work on molecular thermodynamics. Highly recommended.”